On-loan Rangers midfielder Bongani Zungu looks to be facing an uphill battle to secure his future at the club.
The Gers have the option to make his loan move from Amiens permanent at the end of the season [BBC Sport], but he’s currently only playing a bit-part role at Ibrox.
Zungu was an unused substitute in the 1-1 draw at Motherwell on Sunday afternoon as his wait for a Premiership start goes on.
Steven Davis, Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo all got the nod in midfield for the sixth consecutive league game.
It was the first time Zungu didn’t feature off the bench for seven matches, but his substitute appearances have all been brief, with a 13-minute cameo at St Johnstone last month the lengthiest of his Premiership outings since his debut against Hamilton in November.
The outstanding recent form of Steven Davis ensures it would be difficult for any deep-lying midfielder to challenge for a spot.
Yet, it doesn’t bode well for Zungu that there’s no room for him in the side right now, despite Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield both being absent through injury.
When they return, his starting prospects look set to decrease yet further, and with the second half of the season well underway, he’s running out of time to make an impression.
Therefore, the coming weeks and months are likely to be critical for the South Africa international, who currently only has 332 minutes of playing time in Light Blue under his belt.
As things stand, he looks more likely to be heading back to Ligue 1 in the summer than signing a permanent deal with the Gers.
One of Zungu’s rivals for a spot in the Rangers midfield also faces an uncertain future, but Gerrard is determined to keep him at the club for at least another season.